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New selection of prints of the collection

This new selection is a series of images that highlights the evolution of the masculine face in the graphic work of Picasso between 1922 and 1971 and it can be seen in Gallery A of the museum from October 29th onwards.

MPB 112.651MPB_70.362

Pablo Picasso. Head of a man. París, winter 1925-1926. Etching on zinc plate, printed on paper. 11.9 x 7.9 cm. Gift of Galerie Louis Leiris, 1983. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 112.651 | Pablo Picasso. Cap. ougins, 19th August, 1964 (I). Soft varnish inked in colours, on copper plate, printed on paper. 41.7 x 31.7 cm, plate; 56.2 x 40 cm, paper. Gift of Jaume Sabartés, 1966. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB70362

Throughout the creative work of Picasso the human image occupies a central role, and his investigation of the body, the head and the face becomes the starting point of stylistic metamorphosis.

The artist passes from the individuality of the person, of the portrait, to the generality of the shape, of the volume. He transforms a particular face into an impersonal construction of volume or into a prototype; the identity becomes anecdotic, what counts is the shape and the plastic work.

In this selection, known identities are mixed with anonymous faces of youths, bearded men, musketeers and smokers, among other examples, that highlight the plurality of models of the extensive gallery of faces that make up the graphic work of the artist.

MPB 70.263 MPB 70.176

Pablo Picasso. Profile of man with a beard. 31st March, 1938. Pencil or sharp wooden tool, incised waxed-coated metal plate, multi-copied on paper. 24.6 x 17.8 cm. Gift of Jaume Sabartés, 1962. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.263 | Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Gongora. 5th March, 1947. Lithograph. Pen and lithotint on zinc, printed on paper. 39 x 32 cm. Gift of Jaume Sabartés, 1962. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.176

According to the curator of the exhibition, Claustre Rafart, “the masculine face passes through the work of Picasso, from the academic work until the musketeers of the last years. It becomes its own cosmos in which known faces (portraits and self-portraits) are mixed with anonymous faces with different versions, and are declined in a thousand ways.”

The selection of prints can be visited until January 25th 2015 and is included in the admission ticket of the permanent collection.

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